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Monday, 12 September 2016

Canadian Company Unveils SOLO - the Three-wheeled Electric Car



(VANCOUVER, Canada) ­ Sept. 9, 2016 ­ Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corporation (EMV) unveiled its new 2017 SOLO electric vehicle (EV) at the Luxury and Supercar Weekend event held at the VanDusen Botanical Garden.

VANCOUVER, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 7, 2016: The 2017 ElectraMeccanica SOLO in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 7, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/ElectraMeccanica)


After years of development, this one ­person, innovative commuter vehicle is now available for the public to experience for the very first time.

Fully refundable deposits for the SOLO can be placed online at electrameccanica.com for delivery in 2017.


VANCOUVER, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 7, 2016: The 2017 ElectraMeccanica SOLO in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 7, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/ElectraMeccanica)


“The entire team here at Electra Meccanica is excited to unveil the SOLO at the Luxury and
Supercar show,” states Jerry Kroll, CEO of Electra Meccanica. “Most people had a good idea of
what the SOLO would become, but they will be impressed by its clever design and meticulous
attention to detail. It far exceeded our expectations.”



The SOLO’s purpose ­built design took into consideration that approximately 80 percent of people commute to and from work alone in their personal vehicle . And with the average daily round trip commute being less than 60 km (40 miles), the SOLO likely won’t require a charge between home and office due to its 160 km (100 mile) range.

Powering the SOLO is a 16.1 kWh lithium ion battery and the drive system is tuned for enthusiastic driving. The chassis is made of a composite aerospace lightweight material combined with an aluminum drivetrain which both contribute to an overall vehicle weight of approximately 1,000 lbs.

The SOLO design team used data from wind tunnel simulations to achieve greater aerodynamic
efficiency giving it a drag coefficient of .24, which is less than the Chevrolet Corvette and
Porsche 911.




The SOLO also comes with a universal power connector ​which enables connection at both
quick charge and standard stations. From zero to full charge, the highly efficient battery system
requires only three hours of charging time on a 220 volt charging station and approximately
twice that on a 110 volt system.

The AC synchronous electric motor powers the SOLO’s rear wheel creating 140 lb­ft of torque and a top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph) for spirited driving on the open road. The single seating configuration provides a fun ­to ­drive experience not found in any other vehicle and the 82 hp power plant accelerates the vehicle from 0­-100 km/h (0­60 mph) in under eight seconds.

At ten feet (120 in/ 3.04 m) in length, the SOLO is approximately 14 inches longer than a Smart
For Two and 19 inches shorter than a Fiat 500. With a wheelbase of 80.5 in (2.04 m), a height of
50.5 in (1.28 m), a front width of 47.6 in (1.21 m) and a low-slung, single-seat configuration, the
vehicle has a planted stance and a streamlined profile.






Source
HT: theweathernetwork
Images: electrameccanica

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